At Wentworth C of E Primary School, we understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in our day-to-day lives. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting learners’ conceptual understanding of new concepts which support the needs of all our learners.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.” National Curriculum
Computing teaching at Wentworth C of E Primary School aims to be embedded across a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that learners become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop learners who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop learners who:
- Are aware of the permanence of actions and products developed using ICT and use this positively to create a lasting legacy in their wider community.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
- Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
- Are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
- Understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
- Have a ‘can do’ attitude when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
- Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
- Understand and follow the SMART E-Safety rules.
- Understand the E-Safety messages can keep them safe online.
- Know who to contact if they have concerns.
- Apply their learning in a range of contexts, e.g. at school and at home.
- Know where to locate the CEOP button and how to use it.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning at Wentworth Cof E we follow a progressive computing curriculum with cross-curricular links within our project-based learning, using computing to support and enhance the lasting legacy we create with our end of project learning.
We aim to reinforce our learners’ basic ICT skills elsewhere in our curriculum; as researchers, publishers, gamers and data analysts, amongst others. Teachers plan using Progressive Computing honeycombs which highlights the knowledge, deeper exploration, skills and vocabulary for each year group. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them, as computer technicians, to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught in previous years. As Technological Citizens during Friday afternoon Tribe Time, our learners have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, vocabulary and skills through further exploration into areas of computing, such as coding, designing and creating their own final products to share with their wider community.
The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Our learners will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon.
We invest in our ICT infrastructure; learners can access iPads, laptops, Beebots and Virtual Reality Headsets. Pupil voice features in our curriculum offer with our E-Safety Council who deliver e-safety assemblies to help raise awareness. We utilise regular visitors into school to support our work on ICT and run parent E Safety workshops in conjunction with the NSPCC. Our school website also carries advice and support to help parents keep their children safe outside of school.
Our Computing Curriculum is well thought out, is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different computational components and alike other subjects, discrete vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Discussions with children, interviewing them about their learning (pupil voice).
- Moderation staff meetings with opportunities for dialogue between teachers.
- Photo evidence and images of the learners’ practical learning.
- Presentation of work through Fabulous Finish Exhibitions
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Learning walks and reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).